Our Team is Sharing Tried & True Beauty Products That We’ve Used for Years

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It’s always exciting to learn another woman’s secret to looking so flawless. To find the perfect products for your hair, skin, nails, or face, this huge roundup of our team’s absolute favorites is what we just can’t live without!

1. Taylor gets her glowing skin from doing Aztec Healing Clay masks.

woman holding a jar of aztec healing clay and apple cider vinegar wearing green mask

Deep pore cleansing for the world’s greatest facial all at an incredible price?! Yes, please! Along with Taylor, there are thousands of people (myself and Hip team member Emily included) that absolutely love doing an occasional Indian Healing Clay mask to keep our skin in check. Mix with some apple cider vinegar and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

You can read Taylor’s full review of this clay here.

Here’s what Taylor had to say about this healing clay:

“I’ve been using this game-changing mask since I was a teenager and nothing competes with its amazing results. It’s 100% natural and full of magnesium, calcium, and iron which helps release toxins and helps with my excess oil. It’s an undeniably effective skincare treatment that I love so much!” 

2. Alana’s favorite facial soap gives her buttery smooth skin.

green bottle of facial scrub soap sitting on bathroom counter

It’s no wonder Alana loves this creamy foaming face wash so much! It’s developed to gently remove stress and pollution from your skin and contains no oils, so your pores stay clean and clear. Pair it with the sonic cleansing brush, and you have a match made in heaven!

Here’s what Alana loves about her face wash:

“I love this soap! I use it with the sonic brush system, and my face has never been smoother or more clear! I have pretty normal skin – not too oily and not too dry – and I just have an occasional bad breakout around my jawline every once and a while.

Even my other half started to use it because he loves the way it feels – it keeps his already perfect skin perfect – lucky guy!”

Here’s another beauty product that Alana is obsessed with!

woman wearing white eye gels under eyes with leopard robe on

We all undergo stress in our lives so having a product that can wipe all of premature aging and wrinkles from our beautiful face is a huge bonus! With these gentle undereye gels, you can de-puff, tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in just 10 minutes!

Here’s what Alana loves about her eye gels:

“The Skyn eye gels are amazing! I was lucky to grab them on a sale for 50% off but they are worth every bit even at full price. I have had other eye gels that require you to put them in the fridge, and realistically I don’t have time for that. With these, I can keep them in my bathroom cabinet, and they are instantly cooling when I put them on.

The best part, they actually stay on, unlike other brands I have tried in the past! They’re so comfortable to wear I’ve even forgotten they were on before. I have horrible, dark circles due to no sleep, pregnancy, bad genes, etc. and these take care of the puffiness and make my under eyes brighter.”

3. Michelle nixes the dark under-eye circles with one fell swoop.

hand holding a tarte concealer

Speaking of dark under eyes, if the gels aren’t cutting it, it’s time to take some more drastic measures such as a dependable concealer to totally change the game! Never tried it? Luckily, they even offer it in a travel-size so you’ll never have to carry around bags again. 😉

Here’s what Michelle had to say about her concealer:

“Tarte Shape Tape concealer is the best thing for this tired, old mama! I can magically get rid of my dark circles under my eyes in one swoop! These go on sale a few times a year and I stock up every time!”

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4. Angela’s beauty tool works 7 times better than her fingers (& she can’t stop using it).

various beauty products sitting on countertop

If you love taking the best care of your skin possible, this dermatologist-approved tool is a great way to apply any product to your face! It’s proven to make products work seven times better – as opposed to application with your fingertips. Plus, it works for all skin types, so you can’t go wrong!

Here’s what Angela loves about her handy beauty tool:

“A friend recommended this tool to me, and I can’t stop touching my face because it’s so soft when I use it. It can be used with any creams, lotions, or serums you currently use in your skincare routine, and it works so great!”

5. Cass has a new love for everything from The Ordinary line.

row of clear and brown amber dropper bottles with the ordinary labels on front

When The Ordinary hit the market, beauty lovers everywhere were going wild due to the minimal ingredients, safe options for skincare, and all at a totally affordable price – it’s no wonder it’s Cass’s favorite product line when you follow a ten-step skincare routine!

There’s more you need to know about The Ordinary like how they’re able to offer such incredible prices, what Cass uses, and much more, so hop over here to read her full review!

Here’s what Cass loves about her The Ordinary products:

“I have tried all of their products and absolutely love this affordable line, however, my heart really belongs to all their skincare products! I follow a daily 10-step routine (extreme, I know) and I just love everything I’ve used.

I’ve even tried multiple versions of Vitamin C and Retinols/Retinoids from this brand, and I experienced no irritation at all which is such a big deal. I cannot say enough about these products and the prices are even better!”

6. Amber uses this eye brightener stick to feel fresh as ever.

hand holding a light pink stick with lid off on marble countertop

Tired mom’s across the world can appreciate a product that makes you feel awake, energized, and ready to handle all the day’s tasks at hand. Plus, this special balm is packed with probiotics and superfoods so you can ensure you’re applying the best skincare has to offer.

Speaking of applying, you can even use this balm as a highlighter on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, nose, or anywhere else you want a glow effect. How magical is that?!

Here’s what Amber had to say about her highlighter stick:

“I honestly have a zero makeup routine, however, I have been LOVING the Tula highlighter stick and use it every day! It always makes me feel so Dewey, awake, fresh, and more importantly, it’s light on my skin!” 

7. Lina’s favorite makeup has been her go-to for years.

woman holding makeup in her hands smiling

Lina has been using this eyeliner for years, but what you may not know is that even Joanna Gaines uses this $6 tried and true liner! I’m already sold! 😍 Speaking of Joanna Gaines, we reviewed even more cosmetics she loves here.

Here are some of Lina’s other favorite makeup products:

three MAC eyeshadows and pink lipstick on granite counter

One of the greatest perks of shopping with MAC Cosmetics is not just the free shipping, but their Back-to-MAC program which can score you some pretty sweet freebies.

How does it work? All you do is shop at MAC online (their stores will be open again soon!), return empty, qualifying products, and once you reach six total returns, you can receive free lipstick! That’s an almost $20 value, just by returning trash! 😱

Here’s why Lina says about her favorite makeup: 

“I’ve been using Revlon ColorStay liner for about 10 years and it’s the only thing I use! It stays on until you take it off and looks great all day long! I also love my tried and true MAC products – I’m a huge fan of their eyeshadows and lipstick. They also stay on all day and have amazing pigment!”

8. Amber loves these products to help with thin hair & achieve the perfect makeup application.

jar of women's multivitamins and face primer in small tube

Beauty starts from the inside out, and that’s something we might not often think about for our daily routine! A good multi-vitamin is a great start to better health, but Amber didn’t stop there – she also loves these vitamins to help build stronger hair and nails.

While Amber loves taking care of herself from the inside first, she also can’t get enough of this face primer which helps smooth her skin and prep it for the perfect makeup application.

Here’s what Amber said about her favorite products:

Olly Multi-Vitamin Gummies

“I like to grab a multivitamin with biotin to give my hair and skin a boost. My hair is very fine and biotin really helps it grow in a bit fuller. I tend to switch it up every so often as some contain more or less biotin. These gummies aren’t just good for you, but they taste great, too!”

The POREfessional Face Primer

“I love this face primer because it fills in the look of pores and smooths my skin which makes my makeup look so much better! I use it every time I put on makeup and absolutely love it!” 

9. Skincare lover Emily can’t live without these beauty product must-haves.

three bottles of various beauty products sitting on wood table

When you find a great face wash, you just stick with it! This has been Emily’s go-to for perfect skin and easily removing her waterproof makeup.

Here’s what Emily had to say about her favorite face wash:

Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming face wash is the best cleanser I’ve ever used and have been using it for 5 years now. Without it, my skin will develop tiny bumps and an uneven tone. It also removes all my waterproof makeup without having to scrub it!”

Here are some of Emily’s other favorite beauty products she can’t live without:

Hand holding a red and white bottle of facial mist witch hazel

It’s definitely important to have a solid skincare routine throughout the day, and Emily has nailed hers down to a T! With these tried and true favorites, she’s able to have the skin she desires all while taking the best care of it possible!

Here’s what Emily had to say about her favorite products: 

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub

“I’m obsessed with this face scrub by Acure for when I need a little bit of exfoliating! It’s so amazing that even my boyfriend uses it daily and continues to buy it for both of us when I get a little lazy with my skincare shopping.”

Thayers Witch Hazel 

“I’m a big supporter of witch hazel and have religiously used Thayers – I love that this now comes in a spray bottle! In the past, I would have to transfer the witch hazel into a spray bottle for easy application, but this saves me a step. I normally use unscented, but I got the rose scent in a Target Beauty Box and it’s just a hint of lovely fragrance.”

Emily also shared bonus products for saving money on her own gel nails :

four black bottles of gel nail polish on wood table

Ever wish you knew how to do salon nails right at home? Emily says she saves tons of money by doing her own gel nails at home with an LED lamp and Gellen polishes! People will be constantly asking who did your perfect nails!

Hip Tip: Check out this other way to do a manicure at home in just one simple step!

10. Erica’s favorite spray to give her hair more volume.

paul mitchell hairspray sitting on countertop

Hair that could use a little extra volume will love this effortless texture spray! This salon-quality spray naturally enhances any head of hair.

Here’s what Erica has to say about her texture spray:

“Holy texture spray that actually works! I love this spray so much! And since I don’t get totally ‘out the door ready’ often, one bottle lasts me forever. It’s worth the beauty splurge to have some awesome hair when I need it.”

11. Paige keeps her skin clear and safe from the sun with these favorites.

kiehl's facial cleanser and tinted moisturizer sitting on countertop

Kiehl’s is probably the most underrated beauty product line ever! That said, I may be biased since it’s also my go-to line for face wash! This classic face wash is perfect for all skin types, so you really can’t go wrong!

Paige also uses this Kiehl’s tinted lip balm with SPF in her daily makeup routine:

kiehl's lipbalm tinted chapsticks

If protecting your skin from the sun is important, you’re going to love these recommendations! Not only at they all-natural products, but they work extremely well!

Here’s what Paige has to say about her favorite products:

“I have tried a million different facial cleansers, but I always come back to Kiehl’s! It is awesome! I also have the Melanoma Cancer gene mutation, so I have to be VERY careful about the sun. Kiehl’s has great SPF products that really work well for me. BB and CC creams with SPF are a must for me!”

12. Jessica has used this face cream for over 15 years.

woman holding blue jar of NIVEA creme

This rich, moisturizing creme is great for all skin types! Another bonus is that it can be multi-purpose and used all over your body, making this a total budget-friendly and versatile beauty product to have on hand!

Here’s what Jessica has to say about her face creme:

“I’ve used this for over half my life, and I cannot go a day without it! I put it on my face right after I get out of the shower, and it instantly makes my skin feel smooth and hydrated.

I’ve tried other face creams (they are either too thin and watery, or they burn my sensitive skin). Nivea is absolutely perfect! One of these jars lasts a really long time, too. Plus, it’s not expensive which is always a bonus!”

13. Now I’m sharing my very minimal skincare routine.

hand holding a jar of coconut oil

Calling all minimalists! It doesn’t get much more down to basics than my new facial routine. Like Paige, I love a great Kiehl’s skincare product and their gentle exfoliant works great for me, but sometimes I let myself run out and a plain old bar of white soap works just as well.

For me, finding the right moisturizer was what I really needed. I was tired of using expensive products that I didn’t really feel were doing much for my skin and I started to develop some dry skin and redness around my nose that I just couldn’t seem to kick.

Since coconut oil is packed full of medium-chain fatty acids that contain antimicrobial properties (i.e. great for the skin!), I figured it was worth trying! Plus, I always have some on hand and it can double as a cooking substitute so it’s a win, win.

hand holding a small clear tupperware of coconut oil

So that I’m not dipping my entire hand into the jar I cook with, I fill a small condiment-sized container and keep it in my medicine cabinet so it’s handy each time I’m getting ready. After a month of routine use, my dryness and nose redness had resolved.

I could not be happier with what coconut oil has done for my skin and sometimes I even use it as a moisturizer for my arms and legs! It’s so versatile and inexpensive! #naturalforthewin!

Hip Tip: Did you see that I also used coconut oil to do a hot oil hair treatment and it gave me amazing results!

*Note that no one on our team is a beauty expert or dermatologist. You should always consult with your doctor first before using new products. 

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Comments 57

  1. tbulgrin

    ๐Ÿ˜Love the Ordinary line at Sephora. Inexpensive and very underrated!

    • Sara

      Our team member Angie is obsessed with it too! Thanks for sharing, tbulgrin!

    • Christi321

      I love them as well! You can get more items from their website and free shipping at $25.

      • OG SG

        Yes! So many more products at Deciem! My faves are the Niacinamide and Zinc for acne and the plant derived hemi squalene makes an amazing leave in for hair. There is a niacinamide powder coming out in August that I am excited to try.

  2. amyh

    Derma-E line is my favorite!

  3. Stevmill8809

    Do you think men could use some of these products as well?

    • Sara

      I don’t see why not, Stevmill8809, but like I’d recommend to anyone regardless of who they are, you should always consult a doctor first especially if you aren’t sure about a product. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Zara

      My husband likes The Ordinary moisturizer. And my son like The Ordinary products for his acne care.

  4. Angie M.

    You are so gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚ For the hot oil treatment. Could you melt the oil in the microwave?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Angie M! I’ll be sure to pass this along!

      For the oil treatment, we haven’t tried warming it in the microwave as that may overheat it and kill the nutrients. This would take away the benefits. Hope this is helpful!

      • Angie M.

        Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          You’re very welcome!

    • Mei

      Plain mayo works wonders for me! Just slap it on, comb it through, and put your hair in a bun. Hit it with a warm blow dryer for five minutes after letting it penetrate for 30-45 minutes.

  5. dylanfan

    Can anyone vouch for the dyson hair dryer? Is it worth the price? Ulta has them 20% off right now.

  6. AS

    Thanks for sharing your beauty secrets, just ordered clay mask .

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! You’re welcome, AS! Hope you love it!

  7. Suzanne

    Agree with Clinique! That is the only brand I use for any facial beauty products:cleaners, removers, serum, makeup, etc. They’re pricey, but they always have sales between their website and department store deals…results are well worth the price for me since my skin is a little sensitive.

  8. patricialavenz-goff

    I love Nivea. My mother used it on me when I was a baby when we were stationed overseas. She got it in her welcome baby basket from the hospital (yeah they quit that years ago, we also signed up for free baby products throughout my first year, got somethings every month when I could start using them, we got baby food samples as I could be introduced to them them at 3 months onward) and we have used it every since. In fact I have a huge tin sitting on my desk at work and I use it on my hands a few times a day.

  9. K

    I might try the clay mask if it will help get rid of the extra acne I’ve been experiencing after wearing a mask at work all day long. I’m definitely not buying anymore makeup though, no point when you can’t even see my face! Lol

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi K! My daughter has used the clay mask for acne and it does really pull the redness out for her. Hoping that helps!

    • Mei

      Clay works great! I also use plain powdered sulfur (mix with micellar water to form a paste). You can use as a mask or as a spot treatment overnight. It is amazing, BUT BE SURE YOU AREN’T ALLERGIC TO SULFUR/SULPHA DRUGS!

      • K

        Thank you for the tips! I’m almost 30, I thought I was done with acne… Not anymore thanks to 2020 ๐Ÿ™„

        • Laura

          Oh hun, Iโ€™m almost 40 and still struggle with the occasional acne breakout ๐Ÿ˜ฉ But I do love that Aztec clay mask! And The Ordinary products, too.

          • Irene (Hip Sidekick)

            The Aztec clay mask is amazing! I use it for sun burns, regular burns, acne control, bug bites, and more!

        • CH

          And then menopause may also have a surprise for you one day. ๐Ÿคฆ C’est la vie โค๏ธ

  10. GERRI

    Love the MAC eyeshadows that Lina showed. Can you tell us the name of the colors?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Gerri! I just spoke with Lina. Those colors are Yogurt, Burlesque, Mythology.

  11. OG SG

    Don’t use coconut oil on your face if you are acne prone. It is comedogenic so it will probably make you break out. I learned the hard way. Rosehip oil, which is non comedogenic, is an example of a better alternative (The Ordinary has a good one). Also, I lol’d a little bit about the eyeliner that Joanna Gaines uses part. Do people really want to copy that? Girl looks like a panda! Obviously you can apply it more sparingly but the fact that she uses an eye product is not a selling point for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • somelady777

      I dont see anything wrong with her eyeliner

    • C

      ” but the fact that she uses an eye product is not a selling point for me.”
      Fair enough, but this was just rude.
      “Do people really want to copy that? Girl looks like a panda!”

  12. a_yang555

    Thanks for sharing these with us. This is much needed with everything happening. I will be incorporating some into my daily routine ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! Hope you love these items as much as we do!

  13. keiferace

    Is this an old post?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! We have posted on this before, however this is an updated list. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. C

    I was surprised I didnโ€™t see more Clinique.. Iโ€™ve used the 3 step program for forever – I have combination skin (my hormones have been nuts for a while so I tend to break out) and eczema and it works great to keep my skin clear and clean (I have no idea where I would be without it)… also one eyeliner I love love love is the felt tip Rimmel scandalize liner (especially the fatter one)- makes it so easy to do a wing tip or even just apply liner

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks for letting us know about your favorite products, C! I’ll have to try those too!

  15. rebeccamartell

    A friend sent me a Salux wash towel in a care package and it is amazing! It makes my face super-soft paired with my favorite tea tree soap from InstaNatural. Both are great deals! Salux Nylon Japanese Beauty Skin Bath Wash Cloth/towel (3) Blue Yellow and Pink https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007IAE5WY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2ToAFb3W8DRG5

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for sharing!

  16. nita

    Been loving everything Acure. Less chemicals and products actually work! And reasonably priced! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

  17. HL

    I love the Ordinary line as well. However, I buy it from Ulta since the $3.50 off of $15 coupon works on the Ordinary products.

  18. siena95

    Is the Inkey List line of skin care similar to The Ordinary? I have a few Inkey list products and were also inexpensive.

    • Elaine

      Yes. The Inkey List is great. Hyram has a video about it on YouTube.

  19. Carrie Mae

    No No7 ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  20. Emily

    I def would recommend actually figuring out what vitamins your body needs rather than taking a multivitamin – with guidance from your doctor of course. A lot of multivitamins have things you don’t actually need in them.

  21. Elaine

    Just a reminder that just because someone swears by something doesnโ€™t make it a good idea. The majority of the items on this list are abhorred by dermatologists. Do your research!

    • Zara

      Because dermatologists love your problem skin and specially your $$$$$$. Do the research and use natural ingredients instead if those chemical filled products!

  22. Lori

    Hi Cass,
    Thanks for sharing your favorite skin care. Iโ€™m looking for a new skin care regimen. How do know what to buy from that line? It seems so overwhelming. Help please.

    • Cassandra (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Lori! That’s a great question! First, it’s so important to know your actual skin type. What I would suggest is to wash your face with gentle soap, pat dry and wait. If your skin immediately starts to feel dry and tight, you have a dryer skin type. If your face feels clean and comfy, you probably have normal skin. And if your t-zone starts to shine, you probably have oily skin. It’s also worth noting that your skin can be dehydrated and just need a little moisture, but not necessarily dry. Another thing to keep in mind is that skin has a ph balance of 4.7 to 5.5 or so. There is some debate on this so let’s just say it’s around that area (with a little wiggle room). Products that are too harsh, over-exfoliation, and even hard water can throw off your skin’s natural ph levels disrupting the skin barrier and causing irritation, acne, or worse so it can help to look for products that have a ph level close to our skin (this is super important if you struggle with eczema or rosacea). The Ordinary lists each product’s ph level for you so there’s no guessing. Now that you’re armed with this info, you will be better able to select products from any skincare line. What’s so great about the Ordinary though, is that you can really tailor a regimen to suit your individual skin concerns whether you’re dealing with acne, dehydration, discoloration, wrinkles, etc. And they offer example regimens so you can get an idea of what may work for you here. For example, if you’re dealing with acne, their Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Salicylic acid products would be worth looking into. If you’re dealing with the dark marks left behind by acne, Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% and/or Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA could be worth checking out too. I like their Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% for brightening skin tone and reducing the signs of aging. They have some really fantastic products but some of my favorites are their peptides, retinoids, hydrators, and exfoliators. The Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is a great one to try if you’re new to retinol. If it helps, I’m 40 with normal/dehydrated skin and I deal with discoloration from sun exposure (thanks to a lifetime of FL summers). So my focus is on hydration, brightening, and anti-aging. I really hope this helps you. I could talk about skincare all day so feel free to reach out if you have any other questions. โ™ฅ

  23. laurajt1225

    I love the Jergans face cream. It is 3.50 at Walmart for a huge jar. It is an amazing makeup remover and takes my mascara off better then anything I’ve ever used,wonderful moisturizer, and even an amazing body cream also works great to soften my heels. For 3.50 everyone can try!

  24. Dee

    The Aztec healing Indian clay plus apple cider vinegar is good to treat blackheads.

  25. Mary

    I ordered the Aztec healing Indian clay for the first time to try it, but I need to know much of the apple cider vinegar and how much of the Aztec healing Indian clay do you use of each for the mask?

    • C

      I would suggest using mostly water the first time you use it. Then slowly adding more ACV, if you want, with each use until you find the amount that works for you. I usually mix 1/2 ACV and 1/2 water until it is the consistency that I prefer. I tried using just ACV and I thought it was too much for my skin, but everybody is different, of course.

  26. kat

    I always used Proactive deep cleansing wash as my face wash. Not able to find it anymore. Does anyone have suggestions on a product that has that deep cleaning ruff feel. I’ve tried so many different things nothing gives me that soft smooth look and feel.

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